We’ve recently released national advice for light-based cosmetic treatments in Australia for both patients and practitioners.
The use of lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy (collectively referred to as light-based techniques) has grown significantly in popularity and availability in recent years. While these treatments may offer a range of benefits, they also have risks associated and can be hazardous if not properly administered, or maintained, to both consumers and providers.
To address a lack of national oversight in the area, ARPANSA has jointly-collaborated with the community and interested parties to develop advice. This aims to promote a uniform approach in managing key issues around the use of optical radiation for non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
The advice is broken up into information for:
- practitioners working with light-based techniques clients receiving treatments.
- consumers - to shed light on common safety topics for light-based cosmetic treatments and promotes a best practice approach to issues that may occur.
Although ARPANSA has released this advice, the regulation of private businesses offering these services is a matter for the state or territory where the business practices.
Any enquiries regarding regulation should be directed to the relevant state or territory regulator.